Wednesday, February 25, 2009

While waiting for a meeting

B&W on Red
feb 2009
oil pastel on a card board

A small scale oil pastel study on textured paper.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Years ago

Some of my past works. circa 1998-99...

Old man with straw hat.
acrylic on canvas board.
Its a plate from way back in college. Painted from a live model.

Magnolia sa bote.
Watercolour on paper.
There was a time when a Prang Watercolour set was my best friend. I attempted to emulate the great Toti Cerda back then. My classmates and i used to go to Megamall often to see if there is a new toti cerda painting in the art center. Heres a sample...

He's really one of the greatest watercolourist ever.

My Father
Oil on canvas
From another great influence. Rembrandt. I tried to copy his look and technique here. And as you can see, its pathetic compared to the master...

Portrait study
acrylic on canvas
One of my lazy college plates. This one is done under 20 minutes. Because i was too lazy to do anything serious that day. And i wanted to get it done as quick a possible so i can leave the classroom and hangout with friends.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Ang Bata sa Parola (lighthouse child)

Cape Bojeador lighthouse 2008
oil on canvas 22x14
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One of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Ilocos Norte. This old lighthouse sits majestically on top of a hill overlooking South China Sea.

I think this was the first time i attempted an architectural study. Very frustrating. The finished painting was far from what i imagined it would be.

I couldn't get the right amount of light to hit the right side of the building. The shadow areas are muddy and dull. I need to practice more =)

This is my son, Kydlat =)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Janis Joplin

6X7 inches
Oil pastel on cardboard
January 2009
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This is where i'm most comfortable.
Doing portraits.
But again, this is still just a practice piece.
I'm trying to relearn the tools, techniques and everything else in between.

Janis - My favourite Rocker Chick.
Listening suggestions: Piece of my Heart, Mercedez Benz, Ball and Chain, Bye Bye Baby.


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

sharpening my eye

51/2 X 51/2 inches
Oil pastel on cardboard
Feb 2009
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A sharpener.

I haven't been painting for years.
I'm blunt. I need some serious sharpening.
The last time i've been so passionate about painting was more than ten years ago. But I always felt that someday, i might go back to it.

Finally, late last year, I picked up a brush and fell in love with painting all over again.

I'm glad i did.

This year, my goal is to produce as many pieces as i can.

And I thought i'd start off this blogallery with a symbolic piece. A sharpener.

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